WOW. That’s what I have to say about this project. I was against this fence project from the beginning and was eventually talked into doing it. Now that the posts are in, the fence is up and the trellis is built, I am so glad Summer talked me into it. The 20% that I need to complete is capping the rails with 1×6, building and hanging the gates and staining/water sealing the wood.
Cap The Rails of the Fence
The way I built the pickets on the fence was by cutting down 1×6 treaded lumber to 3ft and 4ft sections. The very front of the yard has a 4ft fence and the sides of the yard have a 3ft fence. The vertical 1×6 are sandwiched between two 2×4’s on the top and the bottom. On top of the top 2/4’s I am glueing and screwing 1/6 boards to give it a more finished look. I only have about three more cuts and I will be done with that. Next, time to build the gates.
Building/Designing the Gates
For a while, I was thinking that I was going to make the gate a foot or so higher than the rails on either side to get so that it would stand out and not blend in with the rest of the fence. I wanted to make it more of a focal point…BUT! After building the trellis, I don’t need to draw anymore attention to that area and I don’t want to take any attention away from the trellis. I think it looks really good. After building the trellis with 2×10’s and 2×4’s, I thought that the 4×4 posts looked a little wimpy for the big lumber up on top. Structurally it was sound, but it looked a little sally to me so I capped the 4×4 posts with 2×4’s and 2×6’s to give it a beefier look and was able to leave reveals on all four corners which gave it a very finished craftsman look.
With that said, my plan for the gate is to build a section of fence that looks like the rest of the fence line. I may use a 2×6 to cap it off instead of a 1×6 so I can give it a little bit of pizzaz compared to the rest of the fence. I checked home depot for gate hardware, but they only had one option in black and it wasn’t anything I liked. I want to have a handle with a thumb latch and I couldn’t find one at any of the local hardware stores so I checked a few stores out online and ended up ordering hardware (hinges, handle and latch) from Amazon.
Staining and Water Sealing The New Fence
This is a very important decision for us, not just for looks but for longevity. The rain and the sun in Puerto Rico reep havoc on wood that is exposed to the elements. I water sealed our back deck twice this year already and it is already looking weathered. I am currently research new water seals and stain combos that I can use instead of the Thompsons Water Seal I used on the deck. I really don’t want to have to seal the fence and deck every 6 months for the rest of my life. That would suck. Once I come to a decision, I’ll keep you guys in the loop in case you are in the market for some sealer and are interested in my findings.
Here Are A Few 80% Photos of the Fence